eHealthCT wins federal grant for health IT training

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This week eHealthConnecticut announced their application for $5.7 million in federal stimulus money was approved. The funding is to create a training center for CT health care providers implementing electronic health records. eHealthCT joins a network of sixty similar training centers across the nation. Electronic health records are a long overdue innovation in medicine that will improve patient safety and the quality of care while reducing costs and paperwork. But it is critical that systems are used effectively and that requires training. Most practices in CT are small and don’t have the resources to implement electronic health records. eHealthCT’s initial training will focus on CT primary care providers starting later this spring, but eventually will expand to other specialties.
Ellen Andrews